Original Blog Post
On my way back from an annual trip to Acadia Park, I was hot on the trail of a GeoCoin Vault underneath Eartha the worlds largest globe. After taking a lot of pictures and ogling the coins, I visited the map/gps/science/cool tools and trinkets store. What I learned was inspiring to a geocache noob such as myself;
YARMOUTH, Maine — June 22, 2011 — DeLorme, the innovation leader in navigation technology, today announced the Fall 2011 release of the DeLorme inReach, the first Iridium-based personal communicator to deliver truly global two-way satellite text messaging; delivery confirmations; SOS capabilities; remote tracking, and an Android smartphone interface.The inReach promises to revolutionize the way people stay affordably connected over the 90% of the Earth’s surface not covered by cellular and land-based phone service. Its capabilities address the needs of anyone from outdoors enthusiasts to professional users in remote outposts.
The core communications component of the inReach is the Iridium 9602 short-burst data (SBD) transceiver, which provides a unique, two-way communications connection through the world’s farthest-reaching satellite network. Iridium’s pole-to-pole global connectivity means inReach users can send and receive messages anywhere on the planet.
The GPS-enabled inReach can be used by itself or paired with either an Android smartphone or a DeLorme Earthmate® PN-60w.When using the inReach as a standalone device, users can send pre-loaded text messages to designated recipients, and activate remote tracking, allowing others to follow their travels online via a continually-updated “bread crumb” trail. Unlike other standalone satellite messengers, the inReach provides delivery confirmation via flashing LED lights.
In case of emergency, an SOS key can be triggered. The SOS key is protected by a “safety” to prevent false alarms.When paired with an Android or the DeLorme Earthmate PN-60w, users enjoy full-featured, two-way text messaging (up to 160 characters per message) to and from email addresses and cell phones. Messages can also be posted to Facebook and Twitter...
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